Moo and Men: A simple tale of the Indian roads
As a child, I was highly fascinated by the Indian roads. Yes, a fascination of this sort may come off as a surprise to many, but it was synonymous with freedom for me. To me, being able to ride a scooter or drive a car all by myself meant independence. A kind of independence my mother never had and still does not, thanks to the p-word.
Cut to 18 when I learned how to drive the most trusted vehicle of most Indians I know, a two-wheeler. The first few weeks of riding it to the tuitions, to school and back was a delight. But all of it changed the day I got stuck in traffic and was running late to school. After a few disgruntled sighs, I parked my ride on the side and walked a few steps to find out why there is so much delay. What I saw next, was an (expected) surprise for me.
The most favourite cattle of the Indians sat in the middle of the road, giving absolutely no f-word about the likes of you and me. Just like every single person on the road, I respected her time to get up, moo and get going.
I could see the worship in the eyes of angry Indian riders and drivers. They wanted to say so much but could they actually say it? Well, that’s a debate for another time.
After that day, I could not stop myself from observing the number of cows sitting on the side (and sometimes in the middle) of the roads. The leisure with which they parked their feet, flew away the mosquitos is what, as the cool kids say it, was goals.
To be able to go about on the Indian roads as freely as them was a dream; one that I was hell-bent on achieving until I was followed by a bunch of strangers back home.
I stopped taking the same route to avoid the stalking. I changed my route close to four times to finally find a ‘familial’ way to come back home. On days when it was not the stalking, it was the carefree letching, the bewildered look at a female driver and sometimes, it was the song singing.
After a few delightful months of riding, I observed another thing. The Indian roads are filled with drooling cows and also men. You just wish to find either one of them on a good day.